English: “What’s Going On?” March 2016

From Rob Scobey, Senior Producer for International English


A quantum leap is defined as a sudden large change, development, or improvement. This term describes something wonderful that’s about to happen with programs produced by our parent organization World Christian Broadcasting.

The name of our International English broadcast is Your New Life Station. English, along with Chinese and Russian language programs, has been broadcast on Alaska station KNLS for the past three decades. The signal reaches around the world, but it usually is heard best in the Pacific Rim area. This includes countries like China, Japan, the Philippines, the two Koreas, Vietnam, and Malaysia.

KNLS is About to Get a Sister Station

Starting at the end of this month, Your New Life Station will supplement KNLS when we begin broadcasts from our new transmitting facility in the Indian Ocean region. This will permit a strong signal to reach southwest Asia, including India and Pakistan. The Indian Ocean facility will also broadcast the Chinese and Russian programs, as well as programs in Spanish, Arabic. Another mostly English language service, with program content for Sub-Saharan Africa, will be transmitted from the Indian Ocean facility.

Our engineering staff is hard at work to get the new transmitting station up and running by the end of the month. You may ask, “When will the new facility go on the air?” Here’s a hint that assumes there are no last-minute technical problems:

Easter Sunday is March 27th!

The Pacific Rim and the Indian Subcontinent

The Pacific Rim and the Indian subcontinent provide the reasons Your New Life Station broadcasts in English. The Pacific Rim that part of the Eastern Hemisphere that encompasses the English-prevalent countries of the Philippines, Malaysia, Singapore, Australia, and New Zealand. Additionally—English is widely spoken in Indonesia. And English is the official language of government and commerce in India.

Your New Life Station’s broadcast schedule makes use of Universal Coordinated Time (UTC), a 24-hour system also known as Greenwich Mean Time. Eastern Daylight Time (EDT) is four hours behind UTC; Central Time (CDT) is five hours behind. Outside the U.S.—most locations are on standard time rather than daylight time all year. Karachi is five hours ahead of UTC. Mumbai and New Delhi are five-and-a-half hours ahead.  Manila, Beijing, Hong Kong, Singapore, and Kuala Lampur are six hours ahead. And Tokyo is seven hours ahead of UTC.

You can also use this website or our listener website, www.knls.org to listen to the English Hour if you’re not into shortwave radio. You can also access the broadcast through the KNLS app on your mobile device or through Google or Safari.

The English Hour is the Asian continent’s source for the music of our time and he message of all time. While we work to provide a geographical balance in the topics we feature, news about the USA is of great interest to many listeners around the world. The English Hour does tell stories about life in the United States and the state of Alaska, where the KNLS transmitter is located. Two of the programs are titled The American Highway and Postcard from Alaska. They often include a discussion of “American” principles—principles rooted in Christianity that are universally understood and applied. And our Eye on the World stories often show the interdependence of the Eastern and Western Hemispheres.

Since our target audience is mostly non-Christians, our content is different from a typical Christian format station in America. While we provide our share of positive, uplifting content, some of our programming also provides an honest look at the dark side of life on Earth. Indeed, some program segments may raise questions that a thoughtful truth seeker will ask. And other segments, such as the Bible or Christian lifestyle lessons, serve to answer those questions.

Music to Love

Music is a universal language. Probably 80 per cent of the world’s pop tunes are sung in English, and are enjoyed by people everywhere, many who are themselves not proficient in English. The English hour features your favorite songs of the 80’s, 90’s, and today. International pop charts show that your favorite music is also the favorite of people who are culturally diverse—whether in Nairobi, Sydney, Singapore, or Jakarta.

The songs are pop, rock, r & b, and occasional hip-hop and country music that crosses over to the pop charts. The English Hour generally features music by artists from the U.S., the U.K., Ireland, Australia, and New Zealand. Lately, music artists from all over Europe have found their names on or near the top of international pop charts.

In February, English Hour listeners will hear new music from The Band Perry, Birdy, Borns, David Guetta, Ellie Goulding, Jonas Blue, Mike Posner, Sia, and Taylor Swift.

Souder & Friends

It may bring a smile or it may bring a tear. Award-winning videographer Larry Souder continues his series of fascinating people and interesting places. He brings them to radio for KNLS with his series Souder & Friends.

They play American football despite a disability. What is it? And what’s different about the rules? Find out on Souder & Friends. In March, Larry will also take us to a medical museum.

News to Know

The English hour features reports about topics of current interest. Marcy Bryan reports about entertainment, business, and religious news. Kelly Ann Monahan has the latest developments in medicine, science, and computer technology. Paul Ladd provides special reports about diverse topics, religious and secular. Doug Poling provides commentary on the news from a Christian perspective on Today’s News & the Good News. And Bob Waliszewski of Focus on the Family provides Plugged-in reviews of the latest movies, music, and computer games.

Upcoming Reports for March 2016:

  • Data centers produce a lot of heat because they house so many computer servers. Marcy Bryan reports about a proposal to build an underwater data center.
  • Japanese banks are charging customers for housing their money—instead of the traditional other-way-around. Marcy also reports on the so-called “negative interest rate.”
  • Why doesn’t the U.S. Coast Guard have a sizeable fleet of icebreakers? Dermot Cole reports.
  • Are they Inuits or Eskimos? Dermot Cole also reports on the controversy surrounding the identity of a particular group of native Alaskans.
  • Did you know bacteria have eyes? Kelly Ann Monahan reports.
  • Kelly Ann also reports on the discovery of gravity waves (something which supports Einstein’s Theory of Relativity) and the latest conclusions about screening for depression.
  • This disabled war veteran used his wheelchair to clear snow and ice off his neighborhood’s sidewalks. Doug Poling reports.
  • Doug also updates the scientific search for extraterrestrial life.
  • Bob Waliszewski reviews the movies Risen and Eddie the Eagle.

A Message to Live

This is what we’re about and why we’re on the air and on the internet. Our mission is to present the lessons of the Bible, including and emphasizing the Good News in an interesting, non-threatening way.

Ongoing Series

  • Andy Baker’s Prayer Lesson
  • Author’s Journal with Dick Brackett
  • Creation Moments with Ian Taylor
  • Direction with Rubel Shelly
  • Eye on Religion-Archaeology Emphasis with Marcy Bryan
  • Family Minute with Brit Ryan
  • First Person with Paul Ladd
  • God’s Money with Steve Maganelles and Don White
  • God’s Passion for Humanity with Bill Young
  • Groundwire with Sean Dunn
  • I Love Life with Jerry Dahmen
  • Immersed in Life with Greg Taylor
  • Life Stories with Joe Norris
  • Paradoxes with Bill Steensland
  • Profiles of the Old Testament with Royce Kessler
  • Refiner’s Fire with Paul Ladd
  • The Big Picture with Steve Diggs
  • True Stories of the Bible with Bill Steensland
  • Unforgettable Conversations with Larry Souder

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